From: John Schelhas [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 1:39 PM
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Subject: Emerging Issues Along Urban/Rural Interfaces - Call for Abstracts
Auburn University's Center for Forest Sustainability and the USFS Southern
Center for Wildland-Urban Interfaces Research and Information announce the
Call for Abstracts for our conference, Emerging Issues Along Urban/Rural
Interfaces: Linking Land-Use Science and Society, to
be held at the Sheraton Atlanta April 9-12, 2007. Here are the
The pace of urbanization and land-use change is accelerating in many parts
of the world, leading to rapidly changing environmental conditions along
urban-rural interfaces, broadly speaking. In turn, these changing conditions
are creating new ecological and societal challenges and opportunities. The
overarching theme of our conference is linking human dimensions aspects of
land-use change along urban/rural interfaces with ecological aspects of such
change. We believe that such linkages offer the promise of new, powerful
insights for understanding the forces that shape, and are shaped by,
urbanization and land-use change and that offer more compelling
understanding of the causes and consequences of urbanization-related
We take a broad view of urban/rural interfaces, not just the physical
interface between cities and agricultural, timber, or wild land.
Land-use policies enacted by urban dwellers touch the lives of rural land
owners, as well as those whose economic or private well-being depends, in
part, on how that land is used. In turn, how rural land is used affects
We seek to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to
share current research results and to identify knowledge gaps regarding the
interaction between urbanization, land-use change, and natural resources. In
particular, approaches that focus on integrating socioeconomic and
ecological research will be highlighted.
Paper topics of interest include:
* How ecosystems are being altered by human influences: direct and indirect
* Restoring/rehabilitating terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems altered by
* Evaluating changes to ecosystem goods and services along urban/rural
* Monitoring and predicting human influences on landscapes and ecosystems
* How urbanization alters the characteristics of natural disturbances
* The relationship(s) between land-use policies and ecological
processes/disturbances along wildland/urban interfaces
* Informing policy makers, natural resource professionals, and private
* Spatial/scale aspects of land-use change
* Application of ecological research in land-use planning
* Ecosystem impacts on human communities (e.g., human health, economic
well-being, political action)
* Urban agriculture
Joe Chamie (former Head of the U.N. Population Division) Dr. Ann Bartuska
(Deputy Chief for Research and Development for the U.S. Forest Service) Dr.
Art Gold (University of Rhode Island), Dr. Bill Shaw (University of Arizona)
Dr. Mark Eigenraam (Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia).
Brief biographies for each (except Dr. Bartuska; hers is pending) are posted
on our conference website, which I invite you to peruse at
Other items of interest/note:
** The National Science Foundation has very generously provided support
money to permit us to issue travel grants to a sizable number of
undergraduate and graduate students who want to attend the conference.
As indicated on our website, these grants will range between $250-$750, with
priority being given to students who contribute actively to the conference
program, by making either a paper or poster presentation.
Interested students can apply on-line from our website. I also have applied
to the EPA for a conference grant to provide support for students. So if
you know of a student with an interest in inter-disciplinary aspects of
urban/rural interfaces and who might benefit from attending our conference,
please encourage him/her to consider contributing a paper/poster and to
apply for a conference grant.
** Abstracts can be submitted electronically from the Submit an Abstract
page on our website.
** We will shortly be able to handle electronic registrations. There will
be a click-able link on the Registration page of the website that permits
electronic registrations. Alternatively, you can download, print, complete,
and mail to us a hard copy of the registration form.
The registration rates are $375 for a full registration and $125 for a
student registration. As before, we're planning to make that worth your
while in terms of stimulating speakers and colleagues, great food, and
** We will be producing a conference Proceedings volume.
** The Sheraton Atlanta offers great facilities/rooms and we have negotiated
a $99 per night rate. This is an exceptionally attractive rate and we hope
that conference attendees will stay at the Sheraton to help us meet our room
commitment, which in turn helps us provide the other conference facilities.
The Sheraton reservation website (which is linked to our conference home
page) is extremely easy to navigate.
** Early April is a beautiful, warm time in Atlanta. We have scheduled in a
little down time during the middle of the conference. This will permit
conference attendees to pay a visit to Atlanta's recently opened aquarium,
Olympic Park, the CNN Center, or other places of interest.
I'm the person where the buck stops. I respond quickly to any
questions/comments/suggestions you might have, so please feel free to
contact me at need.
I hope to see you in Atlanta next April!
David N. Laband
Forest Policy Center and Center for Forest Sustainability School of Forestry
and Wildlife Sciences
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, AL 36849-5418
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